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Gardening 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:11:01 am »

It's nearly the middle of Feb and no one has discussed gardening for this year?  Or did I miss the thread somewhere...

Put in an order for puh-lenty of seeds and plants this past weekend.  We are doubling the garden size this year and everyone is excited.  Adding more strawberries, two more apple trees and trying something new: hazelnut trees.  They are arriving bare root and only 2 feet tall so maybe for the Gardening 2020 thread I'll be able to talk about how big they are!

Peas, beans, squash, tomatoes, spuds, onions, peppers, carrots, strawberries, melons, I'm sure I'm forgetting some... 

Started onion seeds this weekend.  I was reading about 'winter sow' for onions so we basically put some seed starter soil in a container with drain holes, put about a dozen seeds in place, watered the soil, put on a lid with holes poked in it and set the whole thing outside in the shade.  Once the days start warming up the onions will naturally germinate and start poking up.  Really excited for this gardening year!
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 08:36:01 am »

Too early for me to get excited about the garden. My yard has more than a foot of snow in the higher places (the wind blows it away), much more in the drifts against the fence (where it blows TO). I've resisted the urge to get out my seeds... so far. :) I don't buy from mail order or online places anymore. Since I work in a commercial greenhouse in the spring and summer, I can get anything I want then. We get our first order of landscape trees and shrubs the middle of April... and I'm counting the days. Snow peas will be planted outside just as soon as the soil in the tubs thaws and I can turn it.
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 09:10:26 am »

I will have to agree with mama, although I am looking forward to May to being my seedlings in the new kitchen windows. Then to spread them to my neighbors to grow
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 11:26:31 am »

I will have to agree with mama, although I am looking forward to May to being my seedlings in the new kitchen windows. Then to spread them to my neighbors to grow

I'll start tomatoes and peppers inside in mid March. I like to get them big enough to have a good start, but it is tricky if they get TOO big. That's why I start several small batches instead of doing it all at once. Then, if I plant outside and lose something, I've got backups. Of course, working at the greenhouse, I can bring home plants at any time to fill in gaps - just not necessarily varieties I want most. I'm going to try celery this year. I use a lot of it when I can get it, but it's gotten just too expensive.

I'm going to plant lots more of my purple speckled snap beans this year. They seem to tolerate both cold and heat, and are the best tasting beans I've ever had. They froze well last year too, so I'll put up lots more this time. The beans I froze last fall vanished in a few weeks. LOL
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 07:51:59 am »

Started two dozen pea seeds last weekend and 4 of them have popped up.  Garden 2018 has officially begun!  Also built a cold frame that these seedlings will go into once they have a few leaves.  Should help harden them off before transplanting can begin.  Our last 'frost date' in this neck of the woods is late April.
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 09:53:57 am »

Started two dozen pea seeds last weekend and 4 of them have popped up. 

Good luck with the pea seedlings. I've never had any success with doing that. I soak the seed in warm water overnight, then plant out in the garden. They come up fast then, and grow fast.  I won't be able to plant my snow peas until the end of March, at the soonest. We expect our last frost around the end of April...
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 07:07:50 am »

8 peas are now reaching for the sky.  I've put them into the cold frame a couple times so far.  We've had a cold and gray period of weather so I only put them out there on sunny days.  Next week looks better so I hope to put them out there 'full time' and then transplant into the ground the last week of March.  I'll also direct sow some peas in early April and see how the plants compare.  Try to learn something every season!
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2018, 02:50:20 pm »

Spent a good bit of time this past weekend prepping garden beds.  A small 4x12 foot plot for each of the kids to use as they want.  It is so awesome to have SPACE for this kind of work.  We have peas in the cold frame, lettuce and onion seeds sitting in dirt, hopefully germinating.
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2018, 06:14:42 am »

Curse this weather...

Saturday it was 30+ mph wind and brrrrrr.  Sunday morning it struggled to get above freezing.  Where is spring darnit?!?

We started a bunch of tomato seeds indoors this weekend so that put me in a better mood.
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2018, 06:40:50 am »

I got my seeds out, but found I need to do something in the upstairs bathroom before I can plant stuff in the starter pots. Maybe today when I get back from town. Snowed again yesterday a little, so I'll put off planting the snow peas outside for another week or so.
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2018, 10:06:57 am »

Curse this weather...

Saturday it was 30+ mph wind and brrrrrr.  Sunday morning it struggled to get above freezing.  Where is spring darnit?!?

We started a bunch of tomato seeds indoors this weekend so that put me in a better mood.

You know what we call 30+ winds out here? Monday
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2018, 07:17:34 pm »

Knobster- What a spring, indeed! I am still getting nights down in the teens, and days just to the mid-thirties. Most of my valley is one foot deep in snow yet, so I will be another month before I can plant out in the garden beds. That is what I get for living at 5500 feet.

I sowed a bunch of cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, arugala, and leeks late fall, after seeing others who successfully turned a late fall sowing into early spring crops. Coming out of my rather mild winter, I am curious to see how they sprout from the garden beds as the snow melts off. I usually see January temps down in the minus thirties for the whole month, yet this year the coldest my area got to was minus five degrees.

I wish you luck with those peas! Do you still receive snows after march in your region? What elevation are you at? Also, what species of apple and hazelnut are you trying out? I am getting some apples on Antonovka rootstock this year, which is claimed to thrive down to zone 3. I am also thinning out my lower four acres of the valley to intersperse with some walnut trees. It will be ten years before I will see a harvest from them. The best time to plant those fruit and nut trees are ten years ago, but the second best time to plant those fruit or nut trees is now!

Mama- My beans and peas disappear quickly too, though mine disappear when the grasshoppers get heavy midsummer. I used to raise ducks and chickens as pest control, and they worked wonders, but I have been too busy trying to finish the cabin in recent years to bother with any homestead critters. Do you have enough raised beds to grow all the peas and beans you want?
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2018, 05:38:36 am »

Do you have enough raised beds to grow all the peas and beans you want?

Nope, but I've got about all I can deal with. :)

Snowed again last night, darn it. 10 degrees out there now, at 4:30 AM.
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2018, 07:44:33 am »

Knobster- What a spring, indeed! I am still getting nights down in the teens, and days just to the mid-thirties. Most of my valley is one foot deep in snow yet, so I will be another month before I can plant out in the garden beds. That is what I get for living at 5500 feet.

I sowed a bunch of cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, arugala, and leeks late fall, after seeing others who successfully turned a late fall sowing into early spring crops. Coming out of my rather mild winter, I am curious to see how they sprout from the garden beds as the snow melts off. I usually see January temps down in the minus thirties for the whole month, yet this year the coldest my area got to was minus five degrees.

I wish you luck with those peas! Do you still receive snows after march in your region? What elevation are you at? Also, what species of apple and hazelnut are you trying out? I am getting some apples on Antonovka rootstock this year, which is claimed to thrive down to zone 3. I am also thinning out my lower four acres of the valley to intersperse with some walnut trees. It will be ten years before I will see a harvest from them. The best time to plant those fruit and nut trees are ten years ago, but the second best time to plant those fruit or nut trees is now!


I live in the heart of Iowa.  Elevation... golly, not sure but I can see Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin from my place.  So I would guess... not much.

We get occasional snow storms in April but the snow doesn't stick around long.  Last average frost date is late April.  We are adding Gala apple trees.  I didn't know there was a sub-species of hazelnut.  But whatever it is they grow fine in Zone 5.

I hear ya on the planting ten years ago!  I'm hopeful my grandkids will enjoy this orchard.

My neighbor has a bunch of black walnut trees.  Every fall the ground is littered with the nuts.  Not sure if he does anything with them though.  I should ask him if I can harvest a few hundred bushels...
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Re: Gardening 2018
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2018, 11:22:05 am »

At work right inside the door here is a flat screen with safety stuff and assorted inspirational anecdotes. 

The other day it was "The number one time to plant a tree was 20 years ago...the second best time is today"
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